St. Anthony High School Students Help Typhoon Victims in Philippines

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Brett Minter, Teacher at SAHS with Margaret Arbini-Madonna, Chief Executive Officer of Greater Long Beach/Rio Hondo Chapter, American Red Cross, and Yaritza Torres, Cassandra Campbell, Maya Pruzek, Mary Gorski, Elle Gollison, Rafael Sanchez.

Brett Minter, Teacher at SAHS with Margaret Arbini-Madonna, Chief Executive Officer of Greater Long Beach/Rio Hondo Chapter, American Red Cross, and Yaritza Torres, Cassandra Campbell, Maya Pruzek, Mary Gorski, Elle Gollison, Rafael Sanchez.

St. Anthony High School heard the call and rallied the student body to help the people of the Philippines right after the Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the islands, leaving thousands dead and a multitude of people without homes. Chris McGuiness, Activities Director at SAHS said, “Immediately after hearing of the disaster in the Philippines, our entire student body worked quickly to find ways they could help. Together they gathered dozens of boxes of clothing, food and blankets. They held fundraisers to pay to have the boxes shipped to the Philippines. Sometimes we feel helpless when disasters happen so far away, but these students showed that while our countries are separated by an ocean, our desire to help was not. It is a blessing to be around young people who are so eager to help those in need.”

St. Anthony High School’s enrollment has 10% Filipino students and many of them have family members who were affected greatly by the typhoon. When any group has a problem, whether here or in another country, the students, families, faculty and staff dig in and find a way to help. St. Anthony’s boasts a very close-knit community and this latest call to action is a perfect example of just how close the “St. Anthony Family” is and what it can do. SAHS is a small school with a big heart.

The donations did not stop with clothing, food and blankets. Brett Minter, Sophomore Religion teacher, held a competition between his six religion classes. “Which class can raise the most money for the Red Cross to help the people of the Philippines?” asked Minter. Competition? The students jumped on that challenge. Every day they gave change, bills, and even parents’ checks. Mr. Minter set a goal of $1,000 for the combined classes. Once again the “Saints” came through. The end count that was delivered to the Red Cross was $2,158.36! “The students, parents and faculty at St. Anthony’s should be very proud of their generosity and can rest assured that the funds donated will be used toward providing relief and recovery from the Philippine Typhoon, Haiyan,” said Amira Seabock, Fundraising Development Coordinator of the Greater Long Beach and Rio Hondo Chapter of the American Red Cross.

For more information about St. Anthony High School, visit their website: www.longbeachsaints.org or call Sheila O’Rourke, Alumni & Public Relations Office at (562) 435-4496, Ext. 1229.

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